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Harry in visit to Holocaust museum

Prince Harry met a Holocaust survivor as he made a private pilgrimage to Berlin's moving memorial dedicated to all Jews murdered by the Nazi regime.

The royal chatted to an elderly woman who acts as a living testament to the horrors of the Second World War and teaches children about her experiences.

The 26-year-old Prince outraged Jews worldwide in 2005 when he was photographed at a fancy dress party wearing a swastika armband and a badge of the German Wehrmacht, or defence force, on his collar.

At the time, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organisations, called on the Prince to visit the Auschwitz death camp to learn about the atrocities committed by the Nazis.

Within hours of the picture being published in a national newspaper, Clarence House issued a statement from the Prince in which he apologised for any offence.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a striking modern monument of 2,711 "concrete stelae" designed by architect Peter Eisenman and arranged in a grid pattern that visitors can walk through.

The towering slabs were covered in snow as temperatures in the German capital plunged to minus 12C as the Arctic chill continued to grip Europe.

Harry spent some time walking through the monument, which has proved a big draw to all who visit Berlin, but spent much of his time in an information centre below the landmark which was opened early for the visit.

Through the personal stories of families and individuals, it tells the history of the Holocaust - the systematic murder of millions of Jews by Hitler's Nazi regime.


From Belfast Telegraph